Asylum/Atlantic Records – September 13th

From early Soundcloud success, teen movie anthems, and transformative mixtapes, it’s fair to say Charli XCX has shed any doubts about being merely a one-hit wonder. Love her or not, her presence is inescapable and entirely uncompromising as she prepares to release her third studio album – the eponymous Charli.

Certainly, it’s her most eclectic release to date, though the monotonous, hyperactive trills of ‘Next Level Charli’ definitely wrongfoot this notion. It’s composed as though on a sugar rush.

When it peaks, though, it’s clear to see why there’s so much buzz surrounding the artist. Take ‘1999’ with Troye Sivan, which shines through as a vibrant, glossy pop marvel, a jewel in the crown of her career. Because let’s be honest, she’s royalty-tier now.

Photo by Marcus Cooper.

Buy: Charli XCX – Charli

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